-et

-et

a noun suffix having properly a diminutive force (now lost in many words): islet; tablet; midget; plummet.
Compare -ette.


Origin:
Middle English < Old French -et (masculine), -ette (feminine)

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-et
 
suffix forming nouns
small or lesser: islet; baronet
 
[from Old French -et, -ete]

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